"Extreme smoke pollution in Launceston City area in May result of burning gorse on
private property....says State Government." - Greeen Markets 9/07"
Tasmanian Farmer and Graziers Association members should be demanding their organisation looks into smokeless ways to
clear their land rather than advocating to keep on using fire in the first instance that gives off large quantities of cancer-causing
smoke for populations to breathe.
Many people in Tasmania would relate to non-skin cancer as we have some, if not the highest, incidences of these cancers in
In addition we have some of the other smoke related diseases at the highest levels in Australia such as respiratory and cardiac
The World Health Organisation has made it quite clear; air pollution causes lung cancer and particulate matter is
carcinogenic to humans. Go here.
Despite these clear findings the TFGA is continuing to promote smoky burning as opposed to less harmful, smokeless, fuel
reduction methods. See below:
Ms Davis claims: "Of course, we are aware of the issues surrounding potential environmental smoke hazards, but the fatal
pollution to which he refers mainly involves such things as smog haze where the particulate matter is 2.5 micrometres or less.
They are not usually generated by agricultural land uses, hazard reductions, etc."
Ms Davis will not accept for her members that farmer's smoke is primarily made up of PM2.5ís or less and the WHO has
determined that air pollution CAUSES lung cancer and particulate matter is carcinogenic.
Farmers are capable of making some of the worst air pollution because of their low intensity smoky burns.
It is incorrect of Ms Davis to say that cancer causing particulates are not caused by agricultural land uses and hazard reduction
Wood smoke is greater than 90% Fine Particulate Matter, ie, PM 2.5 or less. (American Lung Association).
"The majority of particles emitted from biomass burning, which includes controlled burning and uncontrolled fires, are
ultrafine, with only a small fraction in the larger size range, and with most of the mass present in particles less than 2.5 um in
aerodynamic diameter." (WHO, 1999)
Go here to see harmful smoke produced from this type of burn.
Further, there is no "Tasmanian context" when it comes to cancer causing particulates. The WHO has determined air pollution
causes lung cancer, and particulate matter is carcinogenic.
The WHO made no exception for Tasmania farmers and graziers with its highest Group 1 cancer findings.
Mr. Sauer will oversee the roll out of the government's $28.5 million state-wide fuel reduction program, which will use controlled
burn offs to ease bushfire risk in the state.
Mr Sauer said the program was based on science with a practical application.
The whole plan is based on science, so that takes away a lot of the argument of the need to have hazard reductionj burning, he
My roll over the next few months over the summer period will be liaising with a range of stakeholders including private land owners,
making sure they are on-board and they understand Mr Sauer said.
Editor: How come some 'science' is taken notice of by the fire council and not the most important health science which the top
body, the World Health Organisation based their cancer findings on?
Statistics show more people are dying as a result of inhaling particle pollution in Tasmania than are being burnt to death by fire.
The World Health Organisation's science based health findings show that air pollution causes cancer and particulate matter is
carcinogenic. This is the latest science (October 28, 2013).
Go here to read how the state's top fire manager Ian Sauer says burning off 60,000Ha in the first years of a $28 Million fuel
reduction program would be "reckless".
Many TFGA members would be aware of horrible experiences with diseases that are associated with smoke and yet they are
going to be told it is ok to burn and make smoke.
Burning is old out-dated science when it comes to health. As stakeholders, members should insist the TFGA promotes cleaner,
healthier methods of getting rid of unwanted vegetation. Some of these methods can be found here.